“If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.” -Benjamin Franklin
We all know that in order to get somewhere, you need to plan. Whether it’s landing a certain job, taking a vacation to a destination you’ve dreamed of, or losing weight. These all require you to plan out what you are going to do to achieve your goals. If you don’t have an action plan, you are in a way setting yourself up for failure.
This is especially true with diet and exercise. If you are new to the fitness world, or if you are like me and have been at it for a while, it can be hard to find motivation to work out. You’ll wake up, think about working out, realize you don’t know what to do for your workout, and decide that you’ll just skip it and do it tomorrow. I’ve done this many times. I would get overwhelmed with all of the options and different programs I could use for my workout that day, and spend over an hour going through different videos trying to find one that I felt like doing that day. I now realize that this is not the best way to go about fitness. What works best is planning your workouts out at least the day before, that way when you wake up it doesn’t require any work on your part to figure it out. You can just get dressed and start up with your exercise for the day (or you can come home from work and not stress about finding one after a long day at work). This has helped me tremendously, especially with a busy schedule due to being at college and balancing classes, a social life, and family life. It is one less thing to worry about.
I also find planning ahead with food is helpful as well. I tend to get hungry often, so I plan out when I am going to eat along with what I will eat so I can eliminate getting to the point where I am too hungry and end up eating everything that sounds good. This helps me stay on track too, so I can get in nutritious foods when I might want pizza or pasta instead. I can evenly spread out my calories throughout the day and visualize when I am going to eat, and that gives me peace of mind. I don’t have to worry about what I am going to eat or trying to come up with a healthy idea, and I won’t run into the problem of becoming overly hungry.
With fitness and health, I’ve found that winging it just simply doesn’t work. You have to take the time and plan out things that are important to you, and two main things in losing weight are your diet and exercise. Once I started planning those two things and stopped hoping everything would work out, I started seeing better results quicker. I was never an organized person and I didn’t really plan things, so it took some time for me to start to regularly plan and incorporate it into my every day life, but now it takes no effort or thinking. I simply do it. And I like doing it. This has helped me tremendously with figuring my life out and keeping my stress levels down while getting into shape. This is just one tool that can help you get on track and stay there.